Religion Book Reviews (page 176)

RELIGION
Released: March 1, 1995

"Despite a tendency to get lost in esoteric byways, an engagingly ambitious tour of Latino culture, notable for its formidable breadth."
Part history and part cultural encyclopedia, a sophisticated- -sometimes too sophisticated—discussion of Latino identity as displayed in art, literature, and popular culture. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: March 1, 1995

"A wonderfully erudite debut."
Literary and literate biblical exegesis from Jerusalem- based teacher and lecturer Zornberg. Read full book review >

RELIGION
Released: Feb. 15, 1995

"Meant as a support mechanism for women who leave the church, the volume also provides an intriguing glimpse into their thoughts."
An interesting and largely rewarding volume that discusses the relationship between women and the Roman Catholic Church. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"The evenhanded everything-and-everyone approach may alienate readers committed to one Jewish point of view, and the book has several unproven assumptions stated as facts—yet Ariel provides a remarkably rich and useful one-volume introduction to millennia of Jewish beliefs."
An eclectic exploration of the abiding elements of Jewish belief, covering major ethical, ritual, and theological topics. Read full book review >
SAINT PETER by Michael Grant
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"A mostly derivative work in which the author's insights are limited by a naive positivism. (Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club alternate selections; History Book Club main selection)"
A prolific classical historian attempts to uncover the ``historical'' Peter from evidence in the New Testament. Read full book review >

RELIGION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"A plain history that doesn't take up the social and intellectual issues that drew so many to Theosophy and continue to draw people to its descendant—the New Age movement. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
With healthy skepticism and heavy-handed irony, Washington chronicles the tortuous history of the Theosophic movement. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"McGinn's clear and beautiful style aptly expresses his serene command of this highly varied material."
From Pope Gregory the Great in the fifth century to the death of Richard of St. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Others will be interested but less engaged."
A generally well-written apologia for evangelical Christianity whose occasionally overheated prose may reflect its origins as a series of lectures. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Unfortunately, Joselit ends her tale too soon."
An alternately nostalgic, entertaining, and annoying portrait of what Joselit sees as the domestication, commercialization, and sentimentalization of American Jewish culture. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 18, 1995

"But again, Erlich's own intellectually hollow polemic isn't it."
The story of the relationship, real and imagined, between the biblical land of Israel and the modern state of Israel, would make a wonderful book—but this extended apology for the perceived faults of modern Jewish nationalism isn't it. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Jan. 12, 1995

"What promises to be a powerful analysis appears more and more to reflect Klein's own struggles to reconcile Buddhism and feminism, not accessible to most readers because of its technicality."
A unique though complicated investigation of Buddhism and feminism. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 3, 1995

"Though the volume could have benefited from further editing (and some ethnocentric bias is evident in the use of generic, non- tribal specific terms like 'Great Spirit' and 'conjurer'), the book is nonetheless a major contribution to the study of Native American history and religious studies."
This excellent collection of essays probes the responses of one Native American tribe to the forces of Christianity. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone, comes The Unexpected Everything, a feel-good YA novel of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >